Now it’s official, 3D printing is going mainstream. A clear indicator for this is that Amazon decided to launch a huge 3D printing section. Covering all possible sections (3d printers, filament, CAD software, literature and parts & accesories) there is now a little bit of structure and overview for those looking for a printer (or 3D print related stuff).
We all know how difficult it is to find that what you need in the 3D printing industry. Unless you have resigned yourself to just buying the most popular models, it’s not easy to research all of the different printers that are out there. Once you have found the right printer, you can easily get lost finding the best filament. An overload of information scattered across the web make it almost impossible for newcomers to find the most suited printer for them. Amazon now decided the market is big enough to enter and to give those people a helping hand by structuring the options and simplifying the search.
Because of Amazon it is now easy to search for the hardware and supplements. Though, it must be said that this section is far from complete and still in its infancy. Currently there is no printer available under $1,000 USD and when you buy a 3D printer that needs additional parts (like the filament cartridge system of Cube by 3D Systems) it is not clear enough what’s in the package exactly. But, these are minor problems that will be fixed in the near future. This is a big step for 3D printing towards becoming a more accessible market.